The Buffalo Public Schools district has been scrambling to find a solution for the parents of a 13-year-old girl who disappeared from her Buffalo home on September 12.
The mother of the missing student, a seventh-grader from Brooklyn, was found alive on Friday.
She was identified as Katie Leach.
We will never know why she disappeared. “
She was my little girl and I had her in my arms and we miss her every day.
We will never know why she disappeared.
In a statement, the district said that Leach had been living in the same home for several weeks and that her family had been in touch with the school district. “
We are looking forward to her finding a home, and I know that I have the support of my husband, father and everyone else who has cared for me through this.”
In a statement, the district said that Leach had been living in the same home for several weeks and that her family had been in touch with the school district.
Leach is a fourth-grade student at the school and was attending a different one.
“My parents are devastated and very relieved,” she said.
“They know that Katie is safe, and they hope that when she comes home she is well.
Buffalo Public is one of the few public school districts in the country that still allows students to have a parent in attendance at school, but that policy is being challenged by the New York Civil Liberties Union and a group of parents who believe that the school should allow students to be home-schooled, rather than keeping them in the school environment. “
There is a huge outpouring of support and help that has been given to my family and our community.”
Buffalo Public is one of the few public school districts in the country that still allows students to have a parent in attendance at school, but that policy is being challenged by the New York Civil Liberties Union and a group of parents who believe that the school should allow students to be home-schooled, rather than keeping them in the school environment.
The policy change comes after years of criticism that the district has a “one-size-fits-all” approach to providing parents with the option of home schooling their children.
In recent years, the number of parents opting to home-spay their children in schools in New York and elsewhere has grown, but the district still has not implemented a policy that allows for it.
“The district has to address its failure to allow parents to choose the appropriate home-therapy options for their children, especially for kids who are on special education or special education-restricted schedules,” the ACLU said in its report.
The report also noted that there is a large number of students at the district who are also on special needs and that the department is still struggling to figure out what constitutes an appropriate balance between the two.
“This is an unfortunate case that has occurred at the expense of students and parents,” said John D. Sutter, a New York State Assembly member who represents the area of Buffalo.
“If this school district is not prepared to address the problems that are plaguing it, then it will continue to suffer the consequences of the district’s failure to properly educate students, especially in the district of Buffalo.”
In recent months, the school board has faced criticism for the lack of action on the home-education policy and the suspension of a teacher who allegedly violated the policy, which prohibits children under 16 from being home-studied.
On Friday, Superintendent William J. Hite said that the board is considering “the possibility of putting in place a new policy that addresses this issue.”
The district has faced scrutiny before over its lack of transparency in the case of the child who disappeared.
The New York Post reported in May that the superintendent of the school system had admitted in an email that the state had received no reports of the girl being missing, and that “the district was unaware that Katie was home-educated.”
A state investigation found that a school resource officer had allegedly violated district policy when he allegedly failed to respond to a 911 call reporting the missing girl.